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Breakfast with the Florida RNC delegation

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Rep Allen West
[Photo: Amy Keller]

Rep. Allen West

U.S. Rep. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite, arrives for breakfast with the Florida delegation on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Following redistricting, West has left his 22nd district behind to run for a newly created seat in Florida's 18th district. He faces Democrat Patrick Murphy in November.

Next page: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Chris Christie
Chris Christie
[Photo: Amy Keller]

Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entertained Florida delegates over breakfast Thursday morning with a story about how naturally GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney interacted with his children when visiting Christie's home last October. "What I saw from Mitt Romney that day, you can't fake. What it told me was something that I didn't know until that day -- this really is an involved father and a doting grandfather. This is a man with a good heart and you know he's characterized so often unfairly, as this CEO, reserved person who doesn't show his heart. I saw that heart that day, because you can't fake it with children. Children don't accept being faked with."

Next page: Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton

John Bolton
John Bolton
[Photo: Amy Keller]

John Bolton

John Bolton, a diplomat and lawyer who served as President George W. Bush's UN ambassador, had harsh words for President Obama at the Florida delegation breakfast Thursday morning. "This is the first president since Franklin Roosevelt, Republican or Democrat, who doesn't wake up every morning with his first thought being what threats does the United States face today. He's much more interested in restructuring our domestic way of life," said Bolton. On a lighter note, Bolton recalled the 31 days he spent in Florida in November and December of 2000 working on the Florida's infamous election recount. "I just want you all to assure me before I leave today that this time you're going to win by about 40,000 or 50,000 votes," Bolton told Florida's delegates.

Next page: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll
[Photo: Amy Keller]

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

Florida's Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll poses for a photo at the Florida delegation breakfast.

Read a story from yesterday's RNC events about Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll from the Palm Beach Post.

Next page: U.S. Rep. Connie Mack

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack
[Photo: Amy Keller]

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R), who is challenging incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D), stops to speak with reporters. Mack told Florida delegates that President Obama and Nelson believe in a "central planning idea that government is the answer to all of our problems... Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and myself, we believe in you. We believe in the individual." Mack went on to say that he's been hearing from small business owners around the state who were upset by President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment and "fed up that they don't have a president who believes in them."

Next page: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former U.S. House Speaker
Newt Gingrich

[Photo: Amy Keller]

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told Florida delegates he believes Republicans can win the Medicare debate in this presidential election. "Frankly, at the Villages, when Paul Ryan introduced his mother, I think we began to decisively win this argument because practical, commonsense senior citizens looked up and said, 'Let me get this straight, Joe Biden and Barack Obama really believe this nice young guy's going to hurt his mom?' They said, 'I just don't believe it.' The truth is as all of your know, the Romney-Ryan plan does nothing to affect anyone over 55."